Disneyland Proposal! 

We interrupt your regular scheduled broadcast to announce; We’re Engaged!       

Okay… We have been sense January 17th!

I’ve been so busy, I have not had time to blog about it! My days have been filled with the usual wedding prep work; picking invitations, hand writing addresses on envelopes, collecting accessories, decorations, accent furniture, building props, and lots and lots of time on Pinterest!  In the mist of all the Pinning the thought finally occurred to me “why am I not blogging about this?” I know it is not a home decor topic, but when two house-flipping, HGTV-watching, DIYers plan a wedding…. Well, you know. 

Let the wedding decor blogging commence!   

To catch you up to speed:

Joel proposed in Disneyland! We were front row center at the castle for Disney’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. The firework show had just wrapped up, and we were taking a moment to let some of the crowd clear. The place was packed. We all began to take the standard couples in front if the castle shots. We posed for a few snaps in between all the photo bombing & drive-by stroller action. It was all so much fun, the show had been awesome and I was on a Disney high. Happy and satisfied, I was prepared to begin fighting my way through the masses to cash in our fast passes at Tower of Terror. Until… Joel said, “Wait.” 

(My heart stopped.) 

“Sam & Maddy will you stand over there and block people from walking through. I want to take one more picture.” 

I watched as he started reaching into his pocket. This was it!


(Now I need to confess. On our walk into the park I had looked at the outside of his pockets hoping for any sign of a small box-shaped outline. I was fairly convinced that it was not there. Little did I know that he was carrying it loose in his pocket, brave guy. Smart too, he knows me well.)  

I looked around for a moment as he started to get down on one knee. All at once, the busy crowd had come to a stop as everyone formed a circled to watch the action (only in Disneyland).  I saw my sister & brothers faces, they were as surprised as I was. He had kept the proposal a secret from my family, apart from asking my mom for her blessing earlier that evening. 

Complete strangers were holding up cell phones, flashes were going off in every direction. It was as if we were part of the scheduled entertainment. A million thoughts were firing in my head at the same time;

“I can’t believe this is it!”

 “I can’t believe he is doing this in front of so many people!”  

I looked again at my family watching and thought, “Wait. Why arn’t you all recording this?” 

Joel was holding my right hand and he began to slip the ring on. His eyes were glassy, and I started to cry. “I don’t even know what hand this is supposed to go on.” he said laughing. I took my left hand down from covering my face and held it out. He said, “You’re my best friend, I love you, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” 

I was so excited that I jumped the gun, we went straight to him slipped the ring onto my finger. YAY! We kissed & hugged. A lady watching from the crowd yelled, “But what did you say?!” 


Joel laughed and said, “I forgot to actually ask you! Will you marry me?” 

I nodded my head, laughing and crying, then yelled back to the crowd “YES!” 

My family rushed in to hug us, followed by strangers who began hugging us. Another lady stepped in to hand me a Disney button that read “Happily Ever After”, they really are on top of their game there.

Joel looked at my family, “She’s not my girlfriend any more! This is my fiancé!”  Music to my ears.


Looking back now… Was I surprised? YES! We had been dating for four years, and for the last two years a proposal was always in the back of my mind.  When it finally was the moment I was genuinly surprised. It’s like hoping that your team is going win the Super Bowl but it’s only day one of the pre-season. The championship is on your mind the entire season. When your team actually does win you can even say you “expected it”, but the truth is that you never really knew for sure. That’s the great thing about Hope, it makes reality that much sweeter. 

I have wanted to get engaged in Disneyland sense I was 12 years old, never in my wildest dreams did I actually think it would really happen there! When really did, I was in shock. It was happiest I’ve ever been. Worth the wait. Best moment ever.  


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